Last week, my friend Lara, who has a cool name, awarded me this:
I'm supposed to pass it on to my photography buddies. Unfortunately, I only have a few of them, and Lara is one of them! (If you love interesting pictures of European culture, take a peek at Lara's blog. She lives in Romania, so if you're one of my mission friends, you'll enjoy it even more. She also has lots of photos from Austria and other cool places.)
So, I'm giving the award to Hilary, Melody, Brooke, Rachel, Kim, Sam and Rae. (Okay, so I guess I have more than I thought...pass it along girls (and guy)!)
Speaking of Rae, she and I were IM-ing late the other night, and were sharing links to our favorite photo sites. There is nothing more inspiring than looking at another photographer's work. And then there are all the great websites to help you learn how to be a better photographer. So, prepare yourself for some major linkage here. (And probably only the 8 previously mentioned "photography buddies" will even care, so if you don't care you can stop reading here. Or, if you're interested in learning more about photography, have at it!)
Eye Candy (in no particular order)(update 2015: Some of these blogs and websites are no longer up and running, so I have deleted the clickable links):
Photography by Detra
Jesh de Rox
Captured by Carrie
Photography by Teya
Giggles 'n' Grins
Photography by Jess
Sara B photography
Emin Wedding Photography
Bryan Peterson (of Understanding Exposure fame)
Mika Beth Edwards
The sites that I just posted generally fall into two categories: 1) A photo flash website and 2) a blog. If it's a blog, most likely they have a photo flash website linked there. If it's a photo flash website, there will often be a blog link, too. And they're all chock full of good, inspiring stuff. At least if you're interested in portraiture. Since that's my passion, that's what I look at. Amen.
And take another deep breath, because here comes yet another (not as) big pile of links.
Educational sites (also in no particular order):
Digital Photography School
The Pioneer Woman's photography section
Wedding Photography 101
Pro Photo Life
Pop Photo's how to section
Better Photo Tips
Studio lighting and posing tutorial
Two Peas in a Bucket photo board
Learn the Exposure Triangle
Mom Shots Tip of the Week
Some of these are message boards, some are free online photo classes, some are blogs and some are just random. Some teach about composition, others about the more technical aspects of using your camera, others include post processing hints. All are very helpful. I read the Digital Photography School Blog every single day. The others I will go through when I am bored. Two Peas is a nice board of women who are both new to photography and seasoned pros. If I have a question I can often get it answered there. Finally, Flickr is a great site to visit. I find a ton of inspiration there (and a lot of the eye candy websites I found by playing on Flickr).
So, now I have carpal tunnel from posting all those links.
Enjoy! (If you got this far.)